They didn’t think she’d survive, but look at her now!
Meet Willow. The Siberian husky was found lying by the side of a road in Maple Ridge, British Columbia by two Good Samaritans. While other cars drove by, Mathieu Letourneau and Guillaume Lefevre stopped to assist Willow. At first, they couldn’t tell if she was a coyote or a wolf, or a dog.
“I decided to show around and therefore the dog was sitting there just abandoning — barely moving,” Letourneau described of their rescue on January 31, 2015. “It [Willow] was just s.t.a.r.v.e.d to d.e.a.t.h and needed something warm.”
They offered her their Subway sandwich and loaded her into their car before driving her to the Maple Ridge Society for the Prevention of Animal C.r.u.e.l.t.y (BC SPCA)
When vets examined her, they realized the young Husky had been eating rocks and dirt to remain alive!
“When she first came in she was unable to lie thanks to abdominal pain caused by rocks and soil in her alimentary canal ,” said Eileen Drever, a BC SPCA senior animal protection officer. “There were no food remnants in her stomach so we expect she was eating gravel to undertake to remain alive.” Eileen believes the dog probably had just another 24 hours to measure .
Willow is merely around 2 years old and weighed a mere 33 pounds (15 kg)! the traditional weight for a Husky here age would be 53 pounds (24 kilos). On the Canine Body Conditioning Scale, which is measured between 1 and 9, with 9 being optimal health and 1 being severely malnourished, Willow was assessed with a score of 1.
After an appeal to the general public , investigators tracked down Willow’s original owner, a college student in his 20s. The BC SPCA has recommended charges within the case, which is now under review with Crown Council prosecutors, who will decide whether or to not approve any charges.
A few weeks after her rescue, Willow went into care with a family , where she began to regain her health.
She enjoyed happening walks together with her foster pack. Her family also shared that she started responding to her name and loves car rides.
After a month and a half, Willow gained 20.5 pounds (9.3 kilos) and is learning her basic commands. “She absolutely loves going into the water – it’s hard to stay her out!” The BC SPCA wrote, “She loves getting to the river, where she tries to travel for a swim, regardless of how cold the water. Her foster mum has got to coax her out with treats, in order that she doesn’t get too wet and catch a cold!”
Then came the superb news on March 16, that Willow has been adopted by a loving family.
Although Letourneau and lots of others expressed interest in adopting Willow, the BC SPCA decided to put Willow with a family who has experience with the breed. “Because of her past, she features a number of behaviours which will need continued work by someone with breed experience,” Maple Ridge SPCA assistant branch manager Faydra Nichols said. “We were fortunate enough to seek out a family who has experience with this breed and they’re so happy to incorporate Willow as a replacement , furry loved one .”
All the simplest for your future, Willow! Share her story together with your friends and family!